Tonight I joined the Dark Arts: Peatland Connections zoom to discuss the Art/ Science partnership in engaging the wider communities in the restoration of the PEATland in both Dumfries and Galloway ( peatland Connections and Hearing from Dr Kerry Morrison on her engagement project with Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership. Both projects are making headway at climate action and increased engagement in raising the importance of the Peat lands and the carbon bank they store, yet how they are degraded due to human intervention from earlier times when the land was drained to provide ground fro grazing/ forestry or agriculture. Interesting inventions had started to take place with the Spaghnum Splat where a group of engaged participants and Kate Foster. Plus an really interesting presentation around engagement of wider community in the peat restoration and understanding the importance of-the space aside from it being a walking location, site of the witch trials and foundations of the Quaker movement,
The zoom put all the artists in touch with each other and i shared my email so I could keep abreast of what was occurring .
Kate Foster - work and drawing - great inspiration for the drawing parts of the course.
Dr Kerry Morrison
"It is the theoretical in-betweenness of the social artist - between two aesthetic ideals - which leads to confusion around the ethical engagement of people and place."
Kestler _ taken from this article that appeared on the In-situ page around role of an artist in everyday life.
Aural Histories from Pendle Hill as part of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership
Points to take forward: